Friday, July 29, 2016

Break time at the Northwestern Hotel

Taking a break from work at the Northwestern Hotel in Cuba City, 1940s. The hotel was located on the corner of Main and Webster, where Mound City Bank is today.


These lovely ladies have been identified as Mrs. Lee, Mrs. Clyde Banfield (who ran the Northwestern Hotel), Ilene (Richardson) Holt, Ione (Hoff) Hoyt, Bernice Opbroek, and Delores (Holt) Lowery.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Conlon Construction's roots

Conlon Construction got its start in Cuba City with founder R.F. Conlon. This advertisement includes an image of Conlon paving Cuba City's Main Street in 1915.


The advertisement is from the Dubuque Telegraph Herald's three-volume history of the tri-states, prepared for the U.S. Bicentennial in 1976.

Donohoo's advertisement, ca. 1976

Advertisement from the Dubuque Telegraph Herald's three-volume history of the tri-states, prepared for the U.S. Bicentennial in 1976.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Cuba City's Ark

Advertising pieces such as these occasionally appear at local auctions or antique stores, but it is more difficult to find information about this business.


I have heard suggestions that The Ark was an arcade. A 1913-1914 business directory may also provide a clue. Ark Co. is listed as a general store, owned by G. C. Longendyke. Mr. Longendyke arrived in Cuba City in 1895 and owned several different businesses on Main Street.

Polk's Wisconsin State Gazetteer and Business Directory, 1913-1914.



Wednesday, May 18, 2016

First National Bank draft


This note sent on First National Bank letterhead accompanied a draft for $150 sent by Wilhelm Busch of Cuba City to his son Ferdinand in North Dakota. The bank's cashier, Matt Hendricks, wrote the note, probably in 1905 or 1906. Others associated with the bank are also listed on the letterhead: William Thomas, President; Henry J. Kettler, Vice President; and W.H. Thomas, Assistant Cashier.

This letter is courtesy of Ferdinand Busch's grandson, Dick Bernard, and was published along with several letters and postcards received by Ferdinand and Rosa Busch after they moved from Wisconsin to North Dakota in 1905.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

"So neat and pretty"


This postcard was sent in March 1916 by a woman named Ruby after she visited Cuba City. Ruby writes:

"Went to Cuba City for a few days. This is a picture of a part of the town. It is a small place but it is so neat and pretty."

The photo is an aerial view of the corner of North Madison Street and Lafayette Street, facing northeast. The brick home belonged to George and Theresa Vosberg and was built around 1908. The first portions of Main Street were paved in 1915, and evidence of this work continuing can be seen behind the Vosberg house.